oh lord okay so my family is Mormon, and a big part of Mormon culture is keeping track of our ancestors and geneology. and we're good at it. you know those websites that let you build a family tree, like Ancestry? those rely on Mormon records. the church wants to compile this information for everyone, because we believe that everyone should have the right to where they come from.
my mom's side of the family came over from sweden starting with my great great grandma, and on my dad's side we're predominantly welsh, but we also have some irish and scottish. my family can trace our ancestry as far back to 700 BC, and some notable figures include a couple scandanavian kings and some very angry celts. if it wasn't a dead language with no existing language families i'd be trying to learn gaulish or something to honor my heritage.
my dad's side of the family has some interesting immediate heritage. when i say we're Mormon, i mean we're really Mormon. we go allllll the way back. one of the founders of the church, Orson Hyde, is one of my great grandfathers (or...something. he's up there.) it's like a direct line. my great great great great grandfather, William Hyde (this dude) led the Mormon Battalion and majorly influenced the history of the american west. the city of Hyde Park in Utah is named for him. we have a copy of his journal.
i'm hoping to learn more about my family history as time goes on.